NANNING, China (AFP) – Defending all-around champion Simone Biles led the United States to win a second straight women’s team title at the World Gymnastics Championships Wednesday.
The 2012 Olympic champions collected 179.280 points through four apparatus events with hosts China second at 172.587 and Russia third at 171.462.
Romania finished fourth at 170.963.
The 17-year-old Biles competed in three of the four events, topping the table on vault and floor exercise, while gearing up for her defence of the all-around title on Friday.
The last world team competition was held in 2001 but it was not staged in the 2012 Olympic year and last year.
Kyla Ross, a fellow 17-year-old and a holdover from the London Olympics gold medal winning team, also contributed to what was a fourth US world women’s team crown overall.
China, the 2006 world champions, were paired with the United States in a rotational group due to their top two places in qualifying.
Led by Yao Jinnan, they bounced back from third spot in their opening event, vault, but trailed behind the US women for the rest of the competition with a gap of more than three points.
The gap widened to nearly seven points after Biles collected a table-topping 15.375 points on floor with four dynamic tumbling passes as the night’s last performer.